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Board of Directors

  • Bruce D. Wardinski

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    Bruce D. Wardinski serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and director of Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. and previously served as Chief Executive Officer, founding chairman and director of the company’s predecessors from May 2006. From June 2002 to December 2010, Mr. Wardinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Barceló Crestline. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Wardinski was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestline Capital Corporation (NYSE: CLJ). Mr. Wardinski served as a member of the Executive Commission of Barceló Corporación Empresarial of Palma de Mallorca, Spain from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Wardinski was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Host Marriott Corporation (NYSE: HMT), a hotel asset management company, from 1996 to 1998. Before this appointment, he served in various other capacities with Host Marriott and Marriott Corporation from 1987 to 1996. In 2003, Mr. Wardinski formed Highland Hospitality Corporation (NYSE: HIH), where he served as Chairman of its board of directors until the sale of the company in 2007. Prior to joining Host Marriott and Marriott Corporation, Mr. Wardinski worked for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Washington D.C., and Goodyear International in Caracas, Venezuela. Mr. Wardinski graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and from the Wharton School of Business with an MBA in Finance. Mr. Wardinski was a founding member and currently serves as Chairman of the ServiceSource Foundation, a not-for-profit advocacy group representing people with disabilities. In addition, Mr. Wardinski serves on the boards of directors of DiamondRock Hospitality (NYSE: DRH), the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the George Mason University Foundation, Inc.

  • Paul Hackwell

    Director

    Paul Hackwell is a Principal at TPG Capital based in San Francisco, where he leads the Travel & Leisure group and helps lead TPG’s investment activities in the Retail group. Paul joined TPG in 2006 and is a Director of Arden Group, AV Homes, Life Time Fitness, and Viking Cruises. Previously, he was a Director at Aptalis Pharma and involved in TPG’s investment in Adare Pharmaceuticals, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Taylor Morrison. Paul holds an AB Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University, an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Keasbey Scholar, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

  • Stephen G. Haggerty

    Director

    Stephen G. Haggerty has served as the Global Head of Capital Strategy, Franchising and Select Service of Hyatt since August 2014. Mr. Haggerty is responsible for implementing Hyatt’s overall capital and franchising strategy and overseeing Hyatt’s select service business. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Haggerty was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Real Estate and Capital Strategy for Hyatt from October 2012. In this role, Mr. Haggerty was responsible for implementing Hyatt’s overall capital strategy, mergers and acquisitions and related transactional activity, hotel and joint venture asset management, project management, and strategic oversight and transactional support to Hyatt’s development professionals around the world. He joined Hyatt in 2007 as Global Head-Real Estate and Development, where he was responsible for Hyatt’s global development, including global feasibility and development finance, corporate transactions, and global asset management. Prior to joining Hyatt, Mr. Haggerty spent 13 years serving in several positions of increasing responsibility with Marriott International, a NASDAQ-listed hotel operator, franchisor and licensor (NASDAQ: MAR), most recently in London as Senior Vice President, International Project Finance and Asset Management for Europe, Africa and the Middle East from 2005 to 2007. Prior to this position, Mr. Haggerty served as Marriott’s Senior Vice President of Global Asset Management and Development Finance and previously lived in Asia for nine years holding a variety of roles relating to development at Marriott. Mr. Haggerty also served as a director of a predecessor of the company. Mr. Haggerty holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

  • Daniel J. Hirsch

    Director

    Daniel J. Hirsch currently serves as a consultant to Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C. (“FCM”) with respect to its investment in Playa. Mr. Hirsch joined Farallon Partners, L.L.C. and FCM in 2003, was a Managing Director from 2007 to 2009, and was a Managing Member, Real Estate, from 2009 through December 2016. Previously, Mr. Hirsch worked as an associate in the San Francisco office of the law firm Covington & Burling. Mr. Hirsch also served as a director of a predecessor of the company. Mr. Hirsch graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D., and Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought from Amherst College.

  • Hal Stanley Jones

    Director

    Hal Stanley Jones serves as Chief Financial Officer of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), a diversified education and media company. From 1989 until 2013, Mr. Jones worked in various capacities at The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), an American daily newspaper, the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C. From January 2009 to September 2013, he served as the Senior Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer. From January 2008 to December 2009 he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaplan Professional, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. From 2003 to 2006 he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Kaplan International, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. Prior to joining The Washington Post Company, Mr. Jones worked for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) from 1977 to 1988. Mr. Jones also served as a director of a predecessor of the company. In addition, Mr. Jones serves on the board of directors of Studio Theatre, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

  • Tom Klein

    Director

    Tom Klein is the former president and CEO of Sabre Corporation, a technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry headquartered in Southlake, Texas. Sabre provides a broad suite of innovative technology to airlines, hotels, travel agencies and travel management organizations. He retired from Sabre at the end of December 2016 following 28 years with the company. Prior to taking the helm of Sabre as President in 2010 and additionally as CEO in 2013, Mr. Klein served in a number of leadership roles at Sabre, including group president of Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. His first role with Sabre was leading a Sabre joint venture in Mexico. Before joining Sabre, Mr. Klein held sales, marketing, and operations roles at American Airlines and Consolidated Freightways, Inc. In 2006 and 2007, he was recognized by Business Travel News as one of the industry’s “25 Most Influential Executives.” Mr. Klein serves on the board of directors of Cedar Fair Entertainment. He also sits on the board of trustees at Villanova University. In 2010, he was appointed to the board of directors of Brand USA by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and currently serves as chair of the board. He was previously a member of the executive committee for the World Travel & Tourism Council (2009-2016) and was appointed to the U.S. President’s Advisory Council for Doing Business in Africa. Mr. Klein earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Villanova School of Business in 1984.

  • Elizabeth Lieberman

    Director

    Elizabeth Lieberman has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, and served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“Crestline Hotels”) and Barceló Crestline from 2004 until retiring in 2006. She provided consulting services to Crestline Hotels during 2006 to 2008, and returned as Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel in 2009 until her retirement in 2012. As General Counsel at Crestline Hotels, she provided a hands-on approach to executive leadership and legal oversight of corporate, finance, owner relations and hotel operations matters. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel in 2004, she served as Associate General Counsel for Crestline Hotels and Barceló from 2002 to 2004, and Crestline Capital Corporation from 1998 to 2002, prior to its acquisition by Barceló. Ms. Lieberman was an Assistant General Counsel at Host Marriott, heading up the law department’s asset management division, from 1995 until the spin-off of Crestline Capital Corporation by Host Marriott in 1998. Before joining Host Marriott, she served as attorney on the hotel acquisitions/development and hotel operations legal teams at Marriott International (formerly known as Marriott Corporation) from 1988 to 1995. Prior to joining Marriott, Ms. Lieberman worked at the Washington D.C. law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton from 1985 to 1988. Ms. Lieberman earned a B.S. degree in Sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar Association.

  • Stephen L. Millham

    Director

    Stephen L. Millham joined Farallon Partners, L.L.C. (“FP”) and Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C. (“FCM”) in 1993, was named a Managing Member in 1997, and became co-head of the Real Estate Group in 2000. He co-headed the group until his retirement in 2012, and he continues to advise FP and FCM. Before joining FP and FCM, Mr. Millham worked as an acquisitions associate for JMB Institutional Realty Corporation, a real estate investment advisor, where he purchased real estate assets on behalf of institutional investors. Mr. Millham also served as a director of a predecessor of the company. Mr. Millham graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

  • Karl Peterson

    Director

    Karl Peterson served as the President and CEO of Pace Holdings Corp., one of Playa’s predecessor companies, since its inception. Mr. Peterson is a Senior Partner of TPG Global, LLC (“TPG”) and is the Managing Partner of TPG Permanent Capital Solutions. From 2010-2016 he was Managing Partner of TPG Europe LLP and sits on the Executive Committee of TPG. Since joining TPG in 2004, Mr. Peterson has led investments for TPG in technology, media, financial services and travel sectors. Prior to 2004, he was a co-founder and the president and chief executive officer of Hotwire.com, a disruptive travel distribution company. He led the business from its launch through its sale to IAC/ InterActiveCorp for $685 million in 2003. Before founding Hotwire, Mr. Peterson was a principal at TPG in San Francisco, and from 1992 to 1995 he was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Peterson currently serves on the board of Sabre Corporation, Caesars Acquisition Company, Victoria Plum Ltd, TSL Education Group Ltd. and Saxo Bank A/S. Mr. Peterson also served on the board of Caesars Entertainment Corporation from 2008 to 2013 and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. from 2008 to 2016. Mr. Peterson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree with High Honors.

  • Arturo Sarukhan

    Directors

    Arturo Sarukhan has served as President of Sarukhan & Associates LLC since April 2014. Mr. Sarukhan was the Chairman of Global Solutions, a strategy consulting firm, from 2013 to 2014, and prior to this he was a career Mexican diplomat, recently serving as Mexican Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2013. Mr. Sarukhan previously served as Mexico’s Consul General from 2003 to 2006, was the foreign policy coordinator of Felipe Calderon’s presidential campaign and transition team in 2006 and was designated chief of Policy Planning to Mexico’s secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Sarukhan served in the Embassy of Mexico to the United States, where he was in charge of the embassy’s Office of Antinarcotics from 1995 to 2000 and served as the Mexican ambassador’s chief of staff from 1993 to 1995, during the NAFTA negotiations. In 1991, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for Inter-American Affairs, representing Mexico at the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean and from 1988 to 1989, Mr. Sarukhan served as the executive secretary of the Commission for the Future of Mexico-U.S. Relations, a non-governmental initiative funded by the Ford Foundation created to recast the relationship between the two countries. Mr. Sarukhan is a director of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Americas Society, Aid for Aids International and The Washington Performing Arts Society. Mr. Sarukhan graduated from El Colegio de México with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in International Relations and received a Master’s degree in U.S. Foreign Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar and Ford Foundation Fellow. Mr. Sarukhan has also taught several courses at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, the National Defense College, the Inter-American Defense College and the National Defense University of the United States.